FIRE DANGER "MODERATE" WITH BURN BANS: The Foothills Fire Danger Rating area (which is all of SPOFR or most of South Pend Orielle County) has a Moderate Fire Danger Rating. Now, debris disposal fires and written burn permit burning are not allowed in ALL of Pend Oreille County. Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds only.
Therefore, in accordance with Pend Oreille County Burning Control Ordinance 2011-3: “Whenever the Washington State Department of Natural Resources imposes Burning Controls upon lands within Pend Oreille County, the Pend Oreille County Commissioners hereby direct that identical County Burning Controls will be imposed upon all lands under county jurisdiction without further action of the Board of County Commissioners with the following exception:
Recreational fires on improved property will be allowed when the Washington State Department of Natural Resources allows campfires in designated campgrounds in Pend Oreille County if and only if the recreational fire meets all of the following conditions:
(1) Is attended at all times
(2) Is no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet and no taller than 2 feet
(3) A charged hose or five gallons of water is present along with a shovel and
(4) There is a fire break/non-combustible surface of at least three feet around the fire.
In the event that a fire escapes, the property owner is responsible for any and all fire suppression costs."
Effective July 10, 2020 the following Burning Controls are in effect in Pend Oreille County:
(1) All outdoor burning is banned
(2) Recreational fires in approved fire pits are allowed provided that all of the above conditions are met
(3) The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques are allowed.
If you see someone you think is burning illegally, call Ecology’s toll-free complaint line at 1-866-211-6284. Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN.
WILDLAND FIRE FIGHTING: All Risk Mobilization - In 1991, a wildland fire in Spokane destroyed hundreds of residential structures and thousands of acres of forest. In the wake of that firestorm, the 1992 Washington State Legislature passed into law a bill directing the creation of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan in RCW 43.43.961. This RCW names the Chief of the Washington State Patrol as the authority to authorize a state-declared mobilization.
Under this RCW, the Fire Service Resource Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from around the state when a wildland fire or other emergency exceeds the firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions. In accordance with this plan, the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau Office of the State Fire Marshal coordinates statewide fire service resources to support local firefighting efforts.
South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue participates in requests for state mobilizations with fire equipment and volunteers. Our participation is dependent upon our local conditions as well. When we have a high potential for major fires we reserve our apparatus and volunteers to stay here in our own protections area.
LOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS: Pend Oreille County citizens are urged to sign up to receive Wildfire updates through the new Community Information Service which is designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our county using the latest technology. This service, Nixle, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email, and the web. There is NO Spam or advertising. Nixle is completely free (standard text message rates apply for cell phone subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers). The service is simple to use, reliable and trusted. Click on the Nixle icon at the right to register now and learn more about this emergency notification service.
ILLEGAL BURNING: Please don’t do it! If you see someone you think is burning illegally call the Department of Ecology’s toll-free complaint line at 1-866-211-6284.